Alphan Sennaroğlu received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1988, 1990, and 1994, respectively. He founded the Koç University Laser Research Laboratory in 1994 and has led its research activities in the areas of solid-state lasers, ultrafast lasers, and spectroscopy. He was a visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2002-2003 and 2009-2010 academic years, and in the summers of 2005-2008) and at ETH Zürich (2019-2020 academic year). He was a Program Chair of the Advanced Solid-State Photonics/Lasers Conference (ASSP/ASSL, organized by the Optical Society of America) in 2010 (San Jose, CA), 2011 (İstanbul, Turkey), 2013 (Paris, France), 2014 (Shanghai, China), 2015 (Berlin, Germany), and 2016 (Boston, USA). He served as the General Chair of the same conference in 2012 (San Diego, USA) and 2019 (Vienna, Austria). In 2004 and 2006, he was the Program Chair of the Solid-State Lasers and Amplifiers Conference during the Photonics Europe meeting in Strasbourg, France. He has also served as a member of the Technical Program Committee for CLEO-America: Ultrafast Optics (2005-2007), CLEO-Europe: Ultrafast Optics (2005, 2009), Photonics Europe: Solid-State Lasers (2004, 2006, and 2008), and ASSP/ASSL.
Alphan Sennaroğlu is the receipient of numerous awards including the the 2013 TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey) Science Award. He was elected an associate member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) in 2005. He is a Fellow of OSA (Optical Society of America), a Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and a member of SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering). In 1999, he founded the Leos Turkish Chapter of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society and served as the Chapter President between 1999 and 2003. He authored the book Photonics and Laser Engineering: Principles, Devices and Applications, published by McGraw-Hill in 2010.